WWI British West Indies Regiment Cap Badge
WWI British West Indies Regiment Cap Badge - Browning brass, maker marked "J.R. GAUNT LONDON" on the reverse, 37.7 mm x 44.5 mm, intact lugs, extremely fine.Footnote: In 1915 the British Army formed a second West Indies regiment from Caribbean volunteers who had made their way to Britain. Initially, these volunteers were drafted into a variety of units within the army, but in 1915 it was decided to group them together into a single regiment, named the British West Indies Regiment. The similarity of titles has sometimes led to confusion between this war-time unit and the long established West India Regiment. Both were recruited from black Caribbean volunteers and a number of officers from the WIR were transferred to the BWIR.